Friday, 29 August 2008

Slash Hopes Blogger Who Leaked Unreleased Tracks - “Rots In Jail”

Kevin Cogill, the blogger suspected of leaking tracks from Guns N Roses' forthcoming album 'Chinese Democracy' was arrested in Los Angeles yesterday.

The 27 year old was taken into custody by FBI agents on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. He later appeared in court, where his bail was set at $10,000, he could face up to three years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

The accused admitted that he posted nine unreleased Guns N Roses songs on his website in June, according to an arrest affidavit, reports the Associated Press.

A preliminary hearing on the matter is set for 17th September. Prosecutors claim that the leak may have caused "significant" financial losses for the band.

According to the band released a statement saying:

"Presently, though we don't support this guy's actions at that level, our interest is in the original source. We can't comment publicly at this time as the investigation is ongoing."

Former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, who has not performed on the album, slammed the blogger saying "I hope he rots in jail. It's going to affect the sales of the record, and it's not fair. The internet is what it is, and you have to deal with it accordingly, but I think if someone goes and steals something, its theft."

Kevin Cogill's lawyer, Anthony Eaglin, has so far refused to comment.

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